Dirty Pages exhibit debuts in Nashville

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Dirty Pages Opening Night Dinner
March 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Nashville, Tennessee

Think back to your favorite recipes, the ones you learned from your mother and grandmothers. I’m betting they’re not indexed in some fancy file on your laptop. Instead, if your house is like most I know, they’re scratched on the backs of envelopes, scrawled on the inside covers of worn church cookbooks, and scribbled on bent recipe cards stained by drops of flour, sugar, egg, or even gravy. The “dirty pages” are where your recipes live, and these recipes are part of larger stories about family and history and culture.

Dirty Pages, a project by Jennifer Justus, Erin Murray, and Cindy Wall, celebrates these legacies. They’ve crafted an interactive exhibit, part photography and part storytelling, that will feature Nashville women and tell each woman’s story with a recipe, a portrait, and a personal account describing the recipe and where it came from. The project will celebrate shared food stories and highlight the variety of Nashville’s food traditions and cultures. The exhibit will debut at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on March 19, 2015, and will remain on display for a month. It will be complemented with a series of public programs.

An opening night dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, featuring several Nashville chefs: Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen), Vivek Surti (VEA Supper Club), Sam Tucker (the forthcoming Village Provisions), Karl Worley (Biscuit Love Brunch), Hal Holden-Bache (Lockeland Table), Levon Wallace (the forthcoming Cochon Butcher), and chefs from Porter Road Butcher. Tickets, priced at $75 each, are available online and proceeds from the evening will benefit Nashville’s Conexión Américas and its Mesa Komal commercial kitchen.

For more information on the project and the series of public programs, check out the website at www.dirtypages.org.  And, if you feel so inclined, submit your own dirty pages to their online exhibit.